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Letter From Europe

An overview of alternative fuels in Europe

An 80-foot bi-articulated Hess trolleybus in Zurich.

As I visit manufacturers the subject of alternative fuels and drive systems is always on the agenda.


NB4L enters service

The open rear platform closes off outside peak hours so one person can operate the bus.

NB4L is text-speak for the New Bus for London that Mayor Johnson promised when he took office in 2008.


Volvo launches the prototype European Bus of the Future

A general view of the EBSF prototype outside the offices of Volvo Bus Corporation in Gothenburg.

The International Union of Public Transport (UITP) is coordinating a major project in the European Union (EU) to develop the European Bus System of the Future (EBSF). The EU has extended funds to the 49 organizations taking part, which include all the main bus manufacturers, component and systems suppliers, as well as universities and research organizations.


New growth for Alexander Dennis focuses on North America

The two-axle Enviro 400 is a very popular Alexander Dennis model in the UK.

The British market for city buses fell back badly in 2010, not just because of the global financial crisis, but also two of the major groups cut back heavily on their normal procurement of new vehicles.


BusWorld Kortrijk breaks all records

The latest generation of Neoplan Skyliner double deck coach.

Every second year for one week in October, the small city of Kortrijk in the west of Belgium becomes the global hub of the bus and coach industry.


Importers target Russian market at Comtrans

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By Doug Jack The distance from London to Moscow is 1,560 miles, less than half the distance from London to New York. Yet the three-and-a-half-hour flight takes one to a completely different and fascinating part of the world. I made the trip this year because I could not pass up the opportunity to visit Comtrans, […]


Irizar has the U.S. on its radar


It is once again time to bring BUSRide readers up to date on the activities of Irizar, a very interesting and progressive company headquartered in the Basque country of northern Spain in the small town of Ormaiztegui.


Volkswagen creates a giant


It had long been a dream of Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen, to create a European automotive giant, active in all products from cars through to heavy commercial vehicles.


The best bus plant in the world just gets better

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Five years ago in BUSRide, I wrote on my visit to the Mercedes Benz plant in Hoşdere just west of Istanbul in the small part of Turkey that lies in Europe.


Daimler launches the new Citaro

The new Citaro articulated buses by Mercedes Benz can handle a large flow of passengers.

By Doug Jack Having built nearly 35,000 versions of its popular Citaro city bus range since 1998, Mercedes-Benz raised the bar with its launch of the new generation Citaro in May from Mannheim, Germany. Before I go any further, let me clear up possible confusion about brands. The parent company is Daimler AG, of which […]

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